504 Main by Holly Lefevre: girls night
Showing posts with label girls night. Show all posts
Showing posts with label girls night. Show all posts


Runway Inspired Nail Art Tutorial and a Girls Night In!

I have long loved painting my nails.
You could almost call it a hobby.
Once upon a time (before kids) I would paint my nails every night! 
I glittered them, striped them, and played with colors.
When I would go to the store, I would always buy a new polish color - 
usually bright pinks and reds - oh how i loved reds!
I "adopted" red as a signature color in my early 20's
 (I always wanted to say I have a signature color!),
changed to nudes/pinks in my thirties,
and now, I think Nail Art my just be my thing!
Sally Hansen Runway Inspired Nails

I have to be honest, for the last year or so I have neglected my hands...
and I thought maybe this Nail Art was not for me...
maybe I was too old to pull it off, too lazy to worry about it....but oh how things change! 
I do adore fashion and knowing the trends and staying current on what is hot...
so I figured I had to try it!
I played with a couple Runway Inspired looks.
I created my own runway inspired nail art 
(that tutorial is a little bit further down in this post)
and the other I bought right off the shelf from Sally Hansen - the Salon Effects!

Sally Hansen Runway Inspired Nails


An Exotic and "Wild" Tabletop Design

I love to shop.
I love to entertain.
I love to set a gorgeous (or fun) table!
So, I jumped at the opportunity to head to World Market to see their Kingdom Animalia Collection and then set a FAB table for a WILD Girls Night in!
(Psst...at the bottom of this post is some scoop on their very cool African Safari Sweepstakes!)

I was feeling very inspired to design a WILD night in. I had just returned from visiting a friend whose husband is from South Africa...and their homes is decorated with many exotic items. 

Heading to World Market (all by myself!) was so fun!

Look at this very cool Kingdom Animalia display right in the front of the store.
Makes me want to buy it all and have the same set up at home!

We actually shop at World Market a lot.
Back in the day - before kids - hubby and I would go to World Market just to cruise the aisles and see all of the cool merchandise. We still like to do that, we are usually just not alone any more. World Market's selection of unique food and beverages is so enticing...but you know I love their accessories, jewelry and other goodies!

Here is a quick peek at some of the pieces in the Kingdom Animalia Collection

I was working with a budget for this project, but I would have LOVED to pickup the Clyde Steamer Trunk Bar and a rug..maybe next time! Once I selected all my goods, I headed home to get ready for our WILD time!

I decided to set up a table outside under the trees. I pulled a few pieces out of my bag of tricks - lanterns, candles, tablecloths, and an outdoor rug.  Just so ya know, I own a lot of decor items from my days as a wedding planner, but you can easily find lanterns, rugs, and candles so very similar at World Market.

Then I broke into the really good stuff - the World Market Kingdom Animalia decor.
Every time I think about exotic locales, I think of rich colors and fabrics, layers of texture, and sitting on the floor atop fluffy pillows.
So I set out an outdoor rug under some trees and then decided to set a low table. I used a card table balanced on top of 2 crates (2 is important so it does not tip over!).

Here are the details of my table!
A Maru Round Paper Lantern was hung from a tree branch using twine. I added a string of beads from a necklace I bought. Metal lanterns contrasted the paper lantern nicely.
Layers of fabric, linens, and table cloths create the base for the table. I used many colors and textures, but all in harmonious tones. I could not resist the Kingdom Animalia scarf, and used it as a table topper, laying it diagonally, and just knotting the ends for some interesting.

I picked up 4 Persimmon Organic Reactive Glaze Dinner Plates. I thought the punch of persimmon would look great with the browns and blacks. As well, it complimented the colors in the scarf.
I was thinking about a zebra theme...but I saw these giraffe napkins and had to have them. LOVE! I also grabbed a very cool necklace that was on clearance. It had about 10 different strands of beads. I carefully took them apart (because I will probably put the necklace back together and wear it!) and wrapped the coral and turquoise around the napkins. I love the pop of color and the contrast.
I purchased 3 of these small globes and one larger one (I cannot resist a globe!) to place around the table. The basket was a steal at about $5...I just put a jar of water inside and added some fresh lilies. The small wood pieces were from the clearance section at a craft store, but add to the exotic look quite nicely.
An overhead view of the table.
I had to have this falafel mix and Tahini dressing. I love falafels, but have never made them myself. I cannot wait to try this. I picked up the Moroccan rub to try on veggies and chicken for the kiddos.

I tried this Mango Margarita tea at World Market a few weeks ago and finally bought some.
I had a wonderful time creating a unique and exotic space for
the girls and I to relax and have a WILD night in.
World Market made it to easy to realize my vision for this table design.

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Mirror Mirror Spa and Viewing Party

My daughter wears her dress up Snow White shoes around the house all day long. It was not surprising that when the movie Mirror Mirror was out in theaters, my daughter wanted to go and see it so badly. Somehow (not sure why) we never made it, so recently when I was given the opportunity to host a Mirror Mirror Spa Party
and viewing I jumped at the chance.
Mirror Mirror Party
I really wanted to see the movie…I knew this would tickle my daughter…and I was going to get to throw a party for some girlfriends! Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me!

If you have not seen Mirror Mirror here is a little about it:
“One of the world’s most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscar® Winner Julia Roberts. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer). There’s just one problem – he’s in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. snarky in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.” (taken from press release)”

One of the most interesting parts of the movie – it grabbed everyone’s attention was when the Evil Queen gets her beauty treatment – fresh bird droppings as a face mask and bee stings to the lips are just a couple of the unconventional beauty treatments the queen undergoes to stay beautiful.

The beauty regiment inspired the Spa Party I threw to watch Mirror Mirror with my friends. I decided to forego the bees and bird droppings, and tweak the spa theme to fit our crazy “mom schedules.” Yeah, in my my perfect world, I would have had pedicures and manicures and I would have loved an Botox party (not that my friends need it…but I want it!)…but that was not in the cards.

Instead, I opted for a magical setting complete with Spa-Inspired Menu. I had so much fun making the décor and coming up with the menu! I was pretty tricky too…my daughter also had a Mirror Mirror themed birthday party 2 days later – LOVE when I can make things do double duty!

Here’s what I did for the décor: I will have tutorials for all of this in the coming week.
Hanging “garlands” of mirrors and deep red lamp shades with woodsy florals hanging from the ceiling.– Love these! So easy to make!

The lamps and mirrors looked perfect hanging over a table dressed in reds, creams
and a touch of woodsy burlap.

Mirror and paint markers used together to let the guest know what they are eating
(this is always a “biggie” for me at my parties!).

As for the menu…I wanted to keep it healthy, light and spa-like.
I held the party during dinner so I provided some hearty items as well.

All recipes that are not linked to follow!
What is great about this menu is that almost everything
can be prepared in advance so you can add a few thing
and toss a salad and also enjoy our guests!

Spa Sangria (make it ahead and add the ginger ale right before the guest arrive)

Lemony Lentil Salad (I served feta on the side, but you can mix it in): This salad is best when made many hours before the party or sometimes event he day before!

Thai Cucumber Salad: This salad is best when made many hours before the party or sometimes event he day before!

Kale and Avocado Salad: I purchased washed and cut kale, and right before serving chopped up the avocado and tomatoes and dressed it.

Hummus with flat bread and carrots: All store bought (thanks you Trader Joe’s!)
Chicken apple sausage (again…thank you Trader Joe’s)
Apple Crisp and Raspberry Torte!

After much catching up and chatting (we lost track of time and started the movie a bit late!) we settled in the family room to watch Mirror Mirror.

The movie is visually amazing.
All of us were in awe of the costumes created by Eiko Ishioka.
I truly could not take my eyes of the costumes.
We all enjoyed the movie…but the costumes enthralled us.

Of course there were party favors…
Mirror Mirror water bottles, a mirror (or course!),
a nail brush, and a book mark.
Of course we had shiny red apples – how could you have a snow white anything without a shiny red apple?

There were also some activity sheets…which the adults spied…and then enjoyed!

All in all the “girls” and I had a great evening full of healthy food, sangria, and a whimsical enchanting movie – I mean who doesn’t love a fairy tale!?

Be sure to grab a copy of Mirror Mirror available on Blu-ray and DVD June 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

MIRROR MIRROR DVD Special Features:

• Looking Through the Mirror
• Prince and Puppies

MIRROR MIRROR Blu-ray Special Features: All of the DVD Special Features, plus...

• "I Believe in Love" Dance-along
• Mirror Mirror Interactive Storybook
• Deleted Scenes 
• Digital Copy of the film

Have you seen the movie?
What was your favorite part?

This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
disclosure: this is a compensated post. My ideas and opinions are all original and my own


Party Time: A Mirror Mirror Spa Party!

I LOVE a party!
Give me a reason for a party and I will run with it.
Well...in my house it is party season...
both kids have birthdays coming up...
BUT I really mean that I am ready for a party for the moms...
my friends!
It is time for us to celebrate making it through another school year!
 Image credit: lordalea / 123RF Stock Photo

And we are going to do it with a Mirror Mirror Spa Party.
Thanks to 20th Century Fox,
my friends and I will be screening Mirror Mirror in my house
and having a relaxing, fun spa party!
The Blu-Ray and DVD are available on 6/26!

I am so looking forward to some girl time!
I am coming up with ideas for the party...
and having so much fun playing and designing.

I promise there will be...
Image credit: mathom / 123RF Stock Photo
Image credit: nuttakit / 123RF Stock Photo

 and plenty of "BEAUTY"-ful ideas!
Image credit: agorohov / 123RF Stock Photo

And best yet...
my little girlie has decided she wants a
Mirror Mirror birthday party (she has not seen the movie)...
so I will be converting the big girl decor
and ideas into little girl appropriate ones!


Did you see the movie?
I am so excited to see it!


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DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a copy of the DVD and various other necessities for this party by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.